Uglich, Russia: Ancient Town on the Volga River

Transfiguration Cathedral of Uglich Kremlin
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Uglich is a small town of about 37,000 residents on the Volga River 136 miles north of Moscow, Russia. The view of the two huge churches as river ships sail into Uglich is breathtaking. Uglich is the last port of call on river journeys from St. Petersburg to Moscow. River cruises usually stopover in a small village, a UNESCO Heritage Site (Kizhi Island), and a mid-sized city (Yaroslavl). So, along with many miles of countryside, cruise travelers see a diverse section of Russia.

Uglich has a long storied history. It was a favorite of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. His son Dmitry was murdered in Uglich in 1591, and the brilliant red Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood was built to honor the slain young prince.

It's easy to do a walking tour of Uglich from the ship and still have plenty of time for shopping at the numerous vendors' stands between the town and the ship. Uglich is a peaceful, quiet town, and you'll likely find yourself wanting to stay longer.

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Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia

Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia
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The beautiful Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood and the Transfiguration Cathedral stand guard on the banks of the Volga River in Uglich.

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Transfiguration Cathedral in Uglich, Russia

Uglich Church
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This cathedral was built in 1713 on the edge of the Volga River. It has an impressive vaulted ceiling.

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Uglich, Russia Building

Uglich, Former City Duma
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This building is located on the walk to the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood. The architecture is different - much more classical.

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Downtown Uglich, Russia

Uglich. Administration. (House of the merchant Evreinov Nikolai Dmitrievich and son Konstantin Nikolaevich)
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Uglich has some beautiful buildings. The neo-classical civic buildings, stone structures, and traditional Russian-style churches are fascinating.

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Shopping in Uglich Russia

Uglich, Papier-mâché boxes and objects
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The tourist shopping area in Uglich was conveniently located near the ship. It had many good buys and a variety of Russian artwork and souvenirs.

Uglich is famous for its cheese and its watches, which are sold under the "Chaika" brand name. Do not buy watches from the street vendors since they are usually imitation.​

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